December 12 - Teresa Smith

In Spring of 2017 we received that dreaded phone call...CANCER. Our life took a sudden turn, my husband being confronted with his mortality. In a flash, we found ourselves in a new series of doctor appointments, then surgery. In the midst of this, our son was getting married. This new health issue was a constant source of distraction. We were anxious, but we resolved to ask God to speak to us so we could walk through this with his peace.

After surgery, we heard these words from our pastor: “It will feel like the valley of the shadow of death...but it won’t be.” One week post-op we were given a very favorable prognosis. We were elated that this journey was over. Three months later our journey is not over and Scott must face radiation. A cloud came over us.

God revealed to us that there is never a beginning or an end without the middle, and that’s where we were. Jesus showed us he was the master of our storm and no matter how fierce the winds blew, we were accompanied by the living God.  

Eight weeks of radiation were completed. That morning, God spoke.

“Do not be afraid, stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today; the Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.” Exodus 14: 13-14

It was becoming so amazing to us how God was speaking.

A month later the Lord spoke again. “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). Our latest results this fall were what we were hoping for. We were now able to thank Him for the difficult dark days. Our fears gave way to calm and quiet confidence in His care.